Education – number of children receiving an education (is there a gender difference?) and literacy levels.
Health – including child mortality rates, life expectancy, number of doctors and nurses in relation to population.
Democracy – is there a fair and equal voting system for the election of leaders? Are there any restrictions on who is allowed to vote?
Gender equality – in all aspects of society including the workplace
Students could investigate the social development of the country they examined in the introduction, before bringing this information together as a class. As a class the students could work to come to an agreement about the social development of all of the different countries – aiming to place them into a hierarchy.
A useful starting point for quantitative data is the World Bank, from which students could try and find more qualitative, explanatory material if needed.
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